The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is Oklahoma's public, tuition-free, residential high school for juniors and seniors with exceptional ability in mathematics and science.
OSSM was created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1983 and is funded by the state. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees which is appointed by legislative leaders and the governor. During the school's 22-year history, students have matriculated from all of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
OSSM’s goals are to provide an optimum learning environment for exceptionally motivated students who excel in science and mathematics. Also, to serve as a resource for Oklahoma’s school districts through research, teacher training and workshops, as well as statewide math competitions for middle school students.
The campus is located on a 32-acre site near the state capitol and adjacent to the teaching and scientific research resources of the Oklahoma Health Center. In the summer of 2000, the school completed a $25 million campus building program. The classrooms and offices of the historic Lincoln School were restored in 1992 through a unique partnership with more than 130 Oklahoma patrons, organizations, businesses, and government entities and is now known as the Manning Academic Center. Students live in the school's 61,000 square-foot Dan Little Residence Hall that accommodates 144 students and six faculty families. Construction on the hall was completed in 1998, and in 1999, OSSM opened a new physical education facility. In 2001, the school constructed the Senator Bernice Shedrick Library, followed by the Samson Science and Discovery Center, which houses physics and chemistry laboratories. The dormitory has expanded to allow the school to house 100 additional students per year should funding become available from the state.
Admission to OSSM is a highly competitive process initiated by written application. In addition to the student’s high interest and potential in science and mathematics, the admissions committee examines multiple criteria including standardized test scores, previous grades and course work, and high school academic recommendations. Semifinalists are interviewed by a review committee before the final selection is determined.
OSSM is committed to building a strong academic foundation for each student. While in residence at OSSM, students are required to complete successfully four and one-half units of science, two units of mathematics,
one-half unit of computer science, two units of English, two units of history, two units of a foreign language, one unit of fine arts, and two units of physical education. Each science class features a two-or-three-hour weekly laboratory experience. Students receive five and one-half days of academic instruction every week. Students must also receive satisfactory participation reports in both campus and community service and a total of 120 hours are required for graduation.
Strengthening the academic base is the OSSM Mentorship Program, which provides concentrated research opportunities in specialized fields under the direction of professionals in the scientific and technological community.
The faculty at OSSM is a diverse, accomplished group of professionals with advanced degrees in their disciplines. Doctorate degrees are held by approximately 70 percent of the faculty and all members have extensive
years of teaching experience, many at the college level. During school nights in the dormitory, faculty members work with individual students on challenging assignments, thus lending additional support to their academic success.
Shadows and Tours
Prospective sophomore students are encouraged to "shadow" an OSSM student during a school day. This has proven to be effective because potential students get a sense of what a typical day is like, as well as an idea of the rigors of the academic program. Parents and school personnel are invited to tour OSSM Monday through Friday during the school year. Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a campus tour.
For more information about OSSM, write or call:
The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
1141 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104
(405) 521.6436 FAX (405) 522.4586
Web site: http://www.ossm.edu
- Is OSSM a private school?
No, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature. The school is open to all students across the state who wish to apply during their sophomore year. OSSM is categorized as a state agency. See the Admissions webpage for details and application deadlines.
- What is the tuition to attend OSSM?
There is no tuition for an Oklahoma resident student to attend the school. Room and board are provided by the state. Students may wish to have "pocket money" available for incidentals like school supplies, snack bar items or a weekend trip to a local restaurant, movie theatre, bookstore or mall.
- Who can attend OSSM?
OSSM is open to all Oklahoma students who are entering their junior year of high school. Applications are due in March of the sophomore year. OSSM now accepts nonresident and international students for paying tuition.
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How have OSSM graduates helped Oklahoma's economy?
Of the 1,400+ OSSM graduates since 1992, more than half who have completed a degree and have entered the workforce are working in Oklahoma. Ten of those have started their own businesses in our state. An independent report credits OSSM with a $40 million economic impact in Oklahoma.